TAG petition falls short of required signatures
It appears the referendum effort to halt the redevelopment of downtown won’t go forward. As was reported the other day, TAG, the group sponsoring the petition, was falling short of the 2,500 signatures required to move their effort to the next level. Today, a look at the Board of Elections website confirms they weren’t able to meet that threshold.
While I don’t agree with a thing TAG claimed, I understand that, in their minds, they thought they were right. And I applaud them for trying to do something about it. But they misjudged the overwhelming support this bold new plan for Columbia has generated, and I would hope that they can get on board with the coming changes.
Regardless of how you feel about these changes, they are happening, and we need to come together around that. Columbia is about to begin its transformation into a world class city, dedicated to the arts and culture. There will be something for everyone, especially children. Theaters, museums, and restaurants will entice people to stay for the weekend instead of driving in and out in the same day. Our success here will be talked about, studied and imitated for generations to come.
So today truly is a historic day. A great day for some, a sad day for others. But in the spirit of innovative ideas, Columbia is moving forward and everyone’s invited.